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    Cut the lavender and kill your cows

    Back home from holidays last week, I realised I would have to cut the lavender flowers because they were starting to dry out. I never like doing it because they look so pretty even as they’re fading, but I know that if I don’t I will end up with a lot of old, dry wood as the plants mature, and the flowers will become less robust and fragrant with each passing year. It’s hardly a big deal, but it’s another revealing test of my attachment to things. Our unconscious expectation that things remain permanent is the main cause of our human suffering. There is a wonderful parable about this from…

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    What can we rely upon anymore?

    I have a morbid compulsion to follow the news, and it’s possibly my greatest ongoing spiritual practice. I suspect it replaced my earlier most-intense-practice which was raising kids, and since now that my children are young adults(-ish) we each have more breathing space, I guess I unconsciously found something else to test me. A spiritual practice is indeed indispensible given the timbre of the news cycle. It’s a huge help to remember that much of what we observe has no permanent, separate existence and that everything that happens around us is the fruit of actions (karma) that we have all participated in over time. No blame! Just awareness. And in…

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    This Full Moon celebrates the Buddha

    Today’s full moon is traditionally dedicated to the Buddha’s birthday and is known as Buddha Purnima (the full moon of the Buddha). Historians can’t agree when he was born exactly, but it was certainly over 2500 years ago. His teachings are unparalleled for their understanding of human nature and psychology. If people could get beyond the mistaken notion that Buddhism is a religion (although through local adaptations in some cultures it has effectively become one), it would be clear that what the Buddha taught is of universal benefit and far from exclusive or dogmatic. Some yoga practitioners, including many yoga teachers, are not sure why the Buddha so often shows…

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    Full Moon full of promise

    Every year, the Full Moon in May celebrates the life of the Buddha – his birth (2579 years ago), his enlightenment, and his passing. Known as Buddha Purnima (meaning “full moon of the Buddha”), today is a day to remember the gift of awareness and the deep understanding of the human mind that Siddharta Gautama shared with his followers, and subsequently – through them – with generations of seekers around the world. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~ The Buddha The impact and beauty of the teachings can be found in…